Fire from Heaven
Book 1, The Novels of Alexander the Great
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“Mary Renault is a shining light to both historical novelists and their readers. She does not pretend the past is like the present, or that the people of ancient Greece were just like us. She shows us their strangeness; discerning, sure-footed, challenging our values, piquing our curiosity, she leads us through an alien landscape that moves and delights us.”—Hilary Mantel
Alexander the Great stands alone as a leader and strategist, and Fire from Heaven is Mary Renault’s unsurpassed dramatization of the formative years of his life. His parents fight for their precocious son’s love: On one side, his volatile father, Philip, and on the other, his overbearing mother, Olympias. The story tells of the conqueror’s two great bonds—to his horse, Oxhead, and to his dearest friend and eventual lover, Hephaistion—and of the army he commands when he is barely an adult.
Coming of age during the battles for southern Greece, Alexander the Great appears in all of his colors—as the man who first takes someone’s life at age twelve and who swiftly eliminates his rivals as soon as he comes to power—and emerges as a captivating, complex, larger-than-life figure.
Fire from Heaven is the first volume of the Novels of Alexander the Great trilogy, which continues with The Persian Boyand Funeral Games.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Mary Renault including rare images of the author.
“Written with her usual vigor and imagination . . . Mary Renault has a great talent.” —The New York Times
“Mary Renault’s Alexandriad is one of the twentieth century’s most unexpectedly original works of art.” —Gore Vidal
Born in London as Eileen Mary Challans in 1905 and educated at the University of Oxford, Mary Renault trained as a nurse at Oxford’s Radcliffe Infirmary. It was there that she met her lifelong partner, fellow nurse Julie Mullard. After completing her training, Renault wrote her first novel, Purposes of Love, in 1937. In 1948, after her novel Return to Night won an MGM prize worth $150,000, she and Mullard immigrated to South Africa. There, Renault wrote the historical novels that would define her career. In 2006, Renault was the subject of a BBC 4 documentary, and her books, many of which remain in print on both sides of the Atlantic, are often sought after for radio and dramatic interpretation. In 2010, Fire From Heaven was shortlisted for the 1970 Lost Booker prize.
- Category: Fiction & Literature
- Published: Sep 10, 2013
- Publisher: Open Road Media
- Seller: OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC
- Print Length: 375 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 1, The Novels of Alexander the Great